Randy Lewis Levine (born February 22, 1955) is an attorney and the president of the New York Yankees baseball club, a position he has held since January 2000.[1]

Early life

Randy Lewis Levine, a Jewish American, was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Isaac and Arlene L. (née Rosenfeld) Levine.[2][3]

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University in 1977 and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 1980.[3] Levine sits on the Board of Trustees at George Washington University.[4] He is a member of the New York Bar.


Levine served as principal associate deputy attorney general and principal deputy associate attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice during the Reagan administration. He resigned in 1988.

After five years in private practice, he served as New York City’s Labor Commissioner from 1994-1995.[3]

He was the chief labor negotiator for Major League Baseball[5] and negotiated the 1996 MLB labor agreement.

He left Major League Baseball to become New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Planning and Administration from 1997 to 2000. In January 2000, he announced his resignation from Rudy Giuliani's administration, citing a return to private practice; he was named president of the Yankees the next day.[1] In 2007, he was named to BusinessWeek's list of the 100 most influential people in sports, at number 77.[6]

He is also Of Counsel with the national labor and employment law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. [1]

In 2012 and 2013, Levine won Emmy Awards as Executive Producer for Y.E.S. Network's Forbes Sports Money show.


Levine was a "bundler" for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, and raised between $100,000 and $250,000 for McCain in 2008.[7]


Levine met his wife, Mindy Franklin, while both serving the U.S. Department of Justice. They reside in Manhattan and also on their farm in Pawling, New York with their five dogs Zion, Otto, Little Rock Doc, Miss Lucy and Jemimah. They also have three horses, including a quarterhorse named Hanukah Harry, the former runaway NYC carriage horse Oreo (now named Orion) and a rescue mule named Jitterbug. Levine also has a champion show dog Labrador Retriever named Mitch.[3] Levine is very active in animal rescue efforts.


  1. ^ a b "Yanks have new president". The Cincinnati Post. 2000-01-06. p. 2C.  |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ Who's Who In America - 2009 (63 ed.). Marquis Who's Who. 2008.  |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d Bodley, Hal (1996-03-20). "Baseball finds tireless finds tireless fighter in Levine". USA Today. p. 6C.  |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ "Venture Capitalist George A. Coelho, M.B.A. '77; New York Yankees President Randy L. Levine, B.A. '77'; and Real Estate Entrepreneur Steven C. Roberts". States News Service. 2008-06-19.  |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  5. ^ Firestone, David (1995-09-19). "Labor Chief for Giuliani To Leave for Baseball Job". The New York Times. p. B3. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  6. ^ "The Power 100" (4053). BusinessWeek. 2007-10-08. pp. 52–57.  |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  7. ^ "Bundlers, John McCain". OpenSecrets.org. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 

Further reading

  • Ruttman, Larry (2013). "Randy Levine: President of the New York Yankees". American Jews and America's Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball. Lincoln, Nebraska and London, England: University of Nebraska Press. pp. 393–400. ISBN 978-0-8032-6475-5.